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    The "Mortal Kombat" Characters In Real Life

    Choose your fighter...or actor!

    Mortal Kombat unleashed across more than 3.8 million homes in its opening weekend and has shown promise as the next big cinematic franchise.

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    So, here's a closer look at the cast:

    1. Lewis Tan as Cole Young

    Lewis Tan as Cole Young side by side with an Instagram photo of Lewis Tan
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    Tan is no stranger to the world of geeky films, because, in 2018, he played X-Force member Shatterstar in Deadpool 2. When he was not hailing from the planet Mojo World, he also Gaius Chau in AMC's Into The Badlands. His next project is called Fistful of Vengence, set to release in December.

    Follow him on Instagram: @lewistanofficial

    2. Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion

    Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion side by side with a red carpet photo of him
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    Sanada, 60, saw the concept for aging and said "no thank you." He's been acting (and kicking ass on screen) since the '60's and still looks ready for a fight. He has had roles in American projects such as The Wolverine, Avengers: Endgame, Westworld, and Lost.

    3. Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade

    Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade side by side with a photo of her on the beach
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    McNamee, an Aussie native, has starred in The Meg, The Vow, and Battle of the Sexes. She has also appeared in a bunch of TV series like Sirens, The Time of Our Lives, and Packed to the Rafters.

    You can follow her on Instagram: @jessica_mcnamee

    4. Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero

    Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero side by side with a photo of him in his apartment
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    Loved for his role in The Raid: Redemption, Taslim, brings the freeze in Mortal Kombat. He also had roles in Star Trek Beyond and Fast & Furious 6. Most recently, he has had a prominent role as Li Yong in HBO show Warrior.

    Follow him on Instagram: @joe_taslim

    5. Mehcad Brooks as Jax

    Mehcad Brooks as Jax side by side with a photo of him with sunglasses on
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    Eggs from True Blood all grown up, Brooks has found success in other television series like Supergirl and Desperate Housewives. Not many can pull off the mustache, but this man really pulled it off with Jax.

    Follow him on Instagram: @mehcadbrooks

    6. Josh Lawson as Kano

    Josh Lawson as Kano side by side with a photo of him in a tuxedo
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    Another Aussie, Lawson was quite the comic relief in Mortal Kombat. He has also appeared in Superstore and House of Lies. His next project is titled, Blaze.

    Follow him on Instagram: @thatjoshlawson

    7. Ludi Lin as Liu Kang

    Ludi Lin as Liu Kang side by side with a photo of him shirtless and a pepper in his mouth
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    The Black Ranger from Power Rangers (2017), Lin is really checking off the list of the ultimate childhood favorites (Get him on the phone, Lucasfilm). He has also appeared in Aquaman and Black Mirror.

    Follow him on Instagram: @ludilin

    8. Max Huang as Kung Lao

    Max Huang as Kung Lao side by side with a selfie of him shirtless
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    Known more for stunts, Huang has a killer look as Kung Lao. Hopefully, this is his breakout moment as an actor (if that's what he wants). He has also done stunt work for other big films like The Foreigner, Hitman: Agent 47, and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

    Follow him on Instagram: @maxhuangofficial

    9. Chin Han as Shang Tsung

    Chin Han as Shang Tsung side by side with a photo of him on a plane
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    Han has a "lifetime pass" for me since his role as Lau in The Dark Knight. I can listen to him say "Finish them!" all day. You may also recognize him from his roles in Contagion, Skyscraper, Ghost in a Shell, and the Netflix series Marco Polo.

    Follow him on Instagram: @thechinhan

    10. Sisi Stringer as Mileena

    Sisi Stringer as Mileena side by side with a photo of her in pink dress
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    Her presence was impossible to ignore from the first trailer. Stringer will hopefully be a staple in the Mortal Kombat series going forward...no matter what realm she comes from.

    Follow her on Instagram: @sisistringer

    11. Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden

    Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden side by side with a photo of him in a suit
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    Asano is probably most recognizable for his role as Hogun in the Thor movies. Hopefully, praying to the Elder Gods, Asano will play a huge role in the Mortal Kombat story going forward.

    Follow him on Instagram: @tadanobu_asano

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